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Prefontaine Classic Opens

Courtesy: Nathan Campbell

Courtesy: Nathan Campbell

EUGENE, Ore. — Day one of the Prefontaine Classic got underway Friday evening at historic Hayward Field.

Fans say they wouldn’t miss the annual meet that shows off the best of the best track athletes from around the world.

A number of people we spoke with said this isn’t their first time at the 40th annual Pre Classic.

Fans say it’s a chance for fellow runners to come together.

It’s also a great opportunity for anyone looking to watch the pure talent of the track and field athletes.

And they say Eugene isn’t shy about rallying behind any runners who come through Track Town USA.

“To know that you can watch the American record go down tonight and see it live is just outstanding. That’s why I’m here tonight,” said fan, Orestes Gutierrez.

“It’s really exciting, and when I got here in the mid-90s it was exciting then but it’s you know grown leaps and bounds over the years,” said fan, Steve Bean.

Fans say Hayward Field has become a community facility where athletes of all levels can compete, but it still remains world class.

Friday night was free — fans got a chance to some distance and field events.

The Prefontaine Classic continues through Saturday.

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